Ball Aerospace, one of America’s leading manufacturers of aerospace components, has been selected by the US Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center to provide a next-generation operational environmental satellite system.
The Monitoring Microwave Weather System (WSF-M) was developed for the Department of Defense, and the contract provides for the system design and risk reduction of a satellite in low earth orbit, with a radiometer instrument passive microwave imaging and government-provided energetic charged particle sensor accommodation.
The contract will also include options for the development and manufacture of two low Earth orbit satellites as well as options for launcher integration, launch and early orbit testing, operational testing and evaluation support. . The mission will improve weather forecasting over maritime regions by taking global measurements of the atmosphere and ocean surface. The WSF-M is designed to mitigate three high priority gaps for DoD’s spatial environmental monitoring (SBEM): vector winds at the ocean surface, intensity of tropical cyclones, and energetically charged particles in low Earth orbit. .
Rob Strain, President of Ball Aerospace, said: “This is an exciting victory for us, and we look forward to expanding our work with the Air Force and continuing to support fighters and allies around the world.
“WSF-M extends Ball’s heritage of providing precise measurements from space to enable more accurate weather forecasts.”
Ball will be responsible for the development and integration of the microwave system, including all system components, spacecraft and software. The company has played a pivotal role in many national and global programs that perform critical measurements of the physical environment, including the design and construction of the meteorological spacecraft for the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 and Suomi National Polar-orbiting. Partnership.